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springboard

[spring-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈsprɪŋˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
noun
1.
a flexible board, projecting over water, from which divers leap or spring.
2.
a flexible board used as a takeoff in vaulting, tumbling, etc., to increase the height of leaps.
3.
something that supplies the impetus or conditions for a beginning, change, or progress; a point of departure:
a lecture to serve as a springboard for a series of seminars.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
4.
to impel or launch on or as if on a springboard.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; spring + board
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British Dictionary definitions for spring-board

springboard

/ˈsprɪŋˌbɔːd/
noun
1.
a flexible board, usually projecting low over the water, used for diving
2.
a similar board used for gaining height or momentum in gymnastics
3.
(Austral & NZ) a board inserted into the trunk of a tree at some height above the ground on which a lumberjack stands to chop down the tree
4.
anything that serves as a point of departure or initiation
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Word Origin and History for spring-board

springboard

n.

1799, from spring (v.) + board (n.1).

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